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An exciting weekend of harness racing coming up including the last grass track meeting of the season at Methven on Sunday. The five meetings this week are Manawatu tonight, Addington and Auckland race on Friday night. Weekend harness racing heads to Winton on Saturday and Methven race on Sunday.  Last week the biggest dividend in the ringaround selections went to Jim Curtin for the second week in a row when his best chance for the week Le Lievre's Gift won at Addington on Friday night and paid $6.40 and $2.20 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Manawatu on Thursday Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best drive this week is Four Starzzz Legend at Manawatu in Race 7 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Franco Empire as his best chance this week at Manawatu in Race 9   Addington on Friday night Mark Jones - Mark says his best chance this week is Michelle at Addington in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week would be Sportscaster at Addington in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive this week would be Kendra at Addington in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Tiger Thompson as his best drive this week in Race 8   Auckland on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Ash can win fresh up in the North Island this week in Race 3 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks South Island import Double O Heaven can win Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony is opting for Gold Orchid as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 6   Winton on Saturday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Triroyale Brigade at Winton in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week would be The Doorman in Race 9 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Mighty Conqueror as his best drive this week also in Race 9 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Fiery Ferret would be his best chance at Winton in Race 10   Methven on Sunday Bob Butt - Bob is going for With Ice as his best chance this week at Methven in Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best drive could be Sweeney Todd at Methven in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Kensington Kate can go close to winning at Methven in Race 5 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Doc Seelster in Race 6 Racechat - Lance thinks that Clasina Maria is a good chance at Methven in Race 8 Gavin Smith - Gavin thinks Red Hot Rocket is a chance if he behaves at Methven in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

An exciting weekend of harness racing coming up with the highlight being the group racing at Addington on Friday night, which includes a very even field for the $200,000 New Zealand Derby. The five meetings this week are Forbury tonight, Addington and Auckland race on Friday night. Weekend harness racing heads to Invercargill on Saturday and Rangiora on Sunday  Last week the biggest dividend in the ringaround selections went to Jim Curtin whose best chance was Caviar Star at Manawatu on Thursday night. The horse duly obliged and paid $3.80 and $1.40 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night. Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz would be his best chance tonight in Race 4 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Motu Speedy Star also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week would be The Doorman in Race 8 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive this week could be Fiery Ferret in Race 10   Auckland on Friday night Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best drive might be Last Waltz for the Dunn stable in Race 2 Andre Poutama - Andre thinks his best drive would be One Cool Kat also in Race 2 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best chance this week is Red Reactor in Race 6 Tony Herlihy - Tony is opting for Bettor Babe as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 10   NZ Metro on Friday night Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive this week could be Kendra at Addington in Race 1 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Le Lievre's Gift this week at Addington in Race 2 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week would be Buster Brady at Addington in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Tiger Thompson as his best drive this week in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks Tennyson Bromac will win again this week at Addington in Race 8   Invercargill on Saturday  Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Somethings Burning as his best drive this week in Race 1 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Bettor Rock On can go close to winning at Ascot Park in Race 2 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Duke Of wellington as his best chance this week at Ascot Park in Race 7   Rangiora on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bettor Backim is a good chance at Rangiora in Race 1 Mark Jones - Mark says his best chance this week could be Michelle in Race 5 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Leo's Gift would be his best chance this week at Rangiora in Race 7 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Diana Harbour as his best drive this week in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Temporale might be just one win away from the greatest title in New Zealand trotting. And he could seal that deal over the next fortnight at Addington. The under-rated trotter returns in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship this weekend when Addington host a rare Saturday daytime fixture, a back-to-the-future moment for the Easter Cup meeting. A week later, Temporale contests the NZ Trotting Champs and victory in maybe one, but definitely both, would almost certainly end any discussion over Trotter of the Year honours even before the Rowe Cup meeting at Alexandra Park. While he won the four-year-old trotter of the year last season courtesy of his Rowe Cup win, Temporale still started this season anything but a glamour horse. Up to six trotters headlined by Monbet would have been rated above him in the open-class ranks but while almost all have fallen by the wayside, the South Auckland gelding has been nearly faultless. Not only has he won the Lyell Creek and group one National Trot but he was a huge second in the A$300,000 Great Southern Star at Melton and the Dullard Cup, and hasn't been further back than second in seven races, most of the highest level. While he has been going about his business, first Monbet broke down again then a host of Paul Nairn's open-class stars went AWOL and soon after the horses that won the group ones during Cup week, Great Things Happen and Amaretto Sun, were put out for the season. "He got a bone chip again so he won't be seen until next season," says stable rep Amanda Tomlinson of Amaretto Sun, who gave their family one of the most memorable moments of the entire harness-racing season. That has left Temporale and Speeding Spur as the two biggest names racing in New Zealand trotting and with a clear advantage in the head-to-heads so far this term, the Trotter of the Year title looms large for Temporale. If he beats Speeding Spur - who returned to winning form at Addington last Friday - in one of their next three clashes he should probably win the title. Speeding Sour would need to win at least two of the big three - the Trotting Champs, Anzac Cup or Rowe Cup - to grab a last-gasp title victory. Temporale warms up for those three races off a 30m handicap this Saturday and while trainer-driver Tony Herlihy was happy with his win in a Pukekohe workout last Saturday he admits this week could be tricky. "Being off a handicap, fresh up for a while, in a big field is never easy," says Herlihy. "So I think he will improve on this week cause he has a big month ahead. "But we have had a great season so far and while he may not be a champion, well, now yet anyway, he just keeps getting the job done." Herlihy might have a new Temporale coming through in three-year-old trotter Forget The Price Tag, who will also head to Addington for the Trotting Derby next week. "He has only had two starts but I really like him and he feels a lovely horse when you sit behind him. I think a trip away will do him some good." The return to a day meeting for the Easter Cup will sit well with traditionalists and how the meeting hold ups, turnover wise, against the Sires' Produce fixture at Awapuni will be interesting. Addington officials were relieved yesterday when they received nine nominations for the $100,000 Easter Cup. "We would have run it with six but getting nine is a good result," said Addington racing boss Brian Rabbitt. By: Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald

Harness racing trainer Bruce Negus has been fined $5500 for producing a horse to race when not free of a prohibited substance. The horse in question was Living Legend who won at Addington on the 26 January 2018 but has since been disqualified. Full details of the hearing below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY Information No. A7154 IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing BETWEEN RACING INTEGRITY UNIT Simon Andrew Irving Racecourse Investigator Informant AND Bruce Robert Negus Trainer Respondent Judicial Committee: Ms N Moffatt (Chair), Mr T Castles (Committee Member) Venue: Manawatu Raceway Present: Mr Simon Irving, the Informant Mr B Negus, the Respondent Mrs C Negus, wife of the Respondent Date of Hearing: 15th March 2018 Date of Decision: 20th March 2018 RESERVED PENALTY DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No A7154 alleges that: On the 26th January 2018 at Addington, Bruce Robert NEGUS, registered trainer and person for the time being in charge of the horse, presented ‘Living Legend’ to the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting for the purpose of engaging in and did engage in Race 1, failing to present the said horse free of the prohibited substance namely Ketoprofen, in breach of the New Zealand Harness Racing Rule 1004(1A) & (3) and 1004(D) and subject to the penalties pursuant to Rules 1004(7) & (8). The Rules [2] Rule 1004 of the Rules of Harness Racing provides as follows: (1A) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (3) When a horse is presented to race in contravention of sub-rule (1A) or (2) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules. (D) Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested by it any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from that race. [3] The penalty Rule is Rule 1004(7) which provides as follows: Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. 1004(8) Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2) or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years. [4] Mr Irving presented a letter signed by Mr Mike Godber, General Manager of the Racing Integrity Unit, pursuant to Rule 1108(2) authorising the filing of the information. [5] The information was served on Mr Negus on 27th February 2018 and he signed the information form indicating he admitted the breach of the rule. [6] Mr Negus was present at the hearing on March 15th 2018 along with his wife Mrs Colleen Negus. The charge and relevant rules were read to him, after which he admitted the breach. Accordingly the charge was found proved. Summary of Facts [7] Mr Irving presented the following Summary of Facts: 1. The Respondent Bruce Robert NEGUS is a licensed public trainer under the Rules of New Zealand Harness Racing (HRNZ). He is 64 years old and has been a harness trainer and driver since 1983. 2. LIVING LEGEND is a 7-year-old gelding trained by Mr NEGUS and owned by MJ Stratford. The horse has raced 88 times for six wins and 17 placings earning stakes of $59,889. 3. LIVING LEGEND was correctly entered and presented to race by Mr NEGUS at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting at Addington Raceway on 26 January 2018. The horse was driven in Race 1 - the Bishopdale & Bush Inns Tabs & Tavern Harewood Mobile Pace - by Ms Cheree WIGG, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. 4. LIVING LEGEND was post-race swabbed by swabbing official Mr G Johnson who obtained a urine sample from the gelding at 5.46pm. The urine sample (#134315) was taken in the presence of Ms Wigg who does not contest the swabbing process. 5. On the 7th February the New Zealand Racing Laboratory Service (NZRLS) reported Ketoprofen was detected in the sample. The control sample was clear. 6. Ketoprofen is a potent pain reliever, fever reducer and anti-inflammatory medication. It is often prescribed for soft tissue injury, bone and joint problems or laminitis. Ketoprofen is also prescribed to reduce or control fevers due to viral or bacterial infections. It has a recommended withholding time of 4.2 – 4.5 days. 7. On the 13th February Mr NEGUS was spoken to at his property in Burnham and informed of the positive swab. He could offer no explanation for the presence of Ketoprofen and stated that he had never treated the gelding with Ketoprofen. 8. Mr NEGUS also stated that his vet had prescribed a 100ml bottle of Kelaprofen (active ingredient Ketoprofen 100mg/mL) on the 22nd January for another horse ‘NUCLEAR WAY’ who was ill. The bottle was located in Mr NEGUS medicine cabinet in his stables and was approximately half full. 9. A feed supplement given to ‘LIVING LEGEND’ taken from the premises was analysed by NZRLS returning a negative result to Ketoprofen. 10. Mr NEGUS also had a second horse ‘HIGHLAND REIGN’ swabbed on the same evening as ‘LIVING LEGEND’ which returned a clear result. 11. Mr NEGUS has been a licensed person for approximately 35 years. He has no previous serious racing offence charges. [8] Mr Negus said that while he accepted the summary of facts, as presented by Mr Irving, he wanted to clarify one point. Whilst not concerned about the validity of the swabbing process he did want it made clear that Ms Cheree Wigg did not actually witness the sample bottles being put into the plastic bag. [9] Mr Negus explained that he has struggled to come up with an explanation as to why his horse LIVING LEGEND returned a positive reading. He told the Committee that he was treating another horse at the time but this horse was kept at a different property 15 minutes away. The Kelaprofen was drawn up into a syringe at a dose of 10mls, and the syringe was taken to the other horse while the bottle of Kelaprofen remained at the stable. Informant’s Penalty Submissions [10] Mr Irving presented the following penalty submissions: 1. The Respondent, 64 year old Bruce Robert Negus is a Licensed Public Trainer under the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. 2. He has held a trainers licence since 1983 and currently trains from his property in Burnham near Christchurch. 3. HRNZ records detail that Mr Negus has trained (some in partnership) almost 6000 starters during his career with 444 winners. 4. Mr Negus has admitted a breach of Rule 1004(1A) (3) & (4) for presenting his horse ‘Living Legend’ to the races on 26.01.2018 with the prohibited substance Ketoprofen in its system. 5. The circumstances are detailed in the attached Summary of Facts which have been agreed. 6. The penalties which may be imposed are detailed in the attached Charge Rule and Penalty Provisions Document. PENALTY SUBMISSIONS 7. The RIU believes that an appropriate penalty for this breach is a $6,000 fine. 8. Mr Negus is adamant that he, nor any employee at his stable, did not administer Ketoprofen to ‘Living Legend’. He has no idea how the positive could have occurred. 9. Mr Negus had been supplied a 100ml bottle of Kelaprofen by a vet from the Canterbury Equine Clinic on the 22nd January (four days prior to the positive) for treatment of another horse ‘Nuclear Way’ who had a suspected liver issue. 10. The bottle was located in the Respondents unlocked medicine cabinet in his stables, approximately two thirds full. 11. Ketoprofen has a recommended withholding time of 4.2 days as per the EVA guideline. 12. The Respondent very seldom bets and did not wager on his horse that day. 13. An analysis of TAB betting records revealed no unusual bets associated with the horse or the race. ‘Living Legend’ won the race by a neck and was 3/3 in the betting, paying $6.80 and $2.30 on the tote. 14. The Respondent trains another mare ‘Highland Reign’ which was also swabbed at the same race meeting, returning a negative post-race swab. 15. As per the JCA Penalty Guidelines effective from the 01st May 2015 the starting point for a Thoroughbred or Harness Racing first ‘Presentation’ offence is $8000. PREVIOUS CASES RIU v C & A Edmonds – 31 March 2016 2x Harness Racing Ketoprofen positives – fined $9,000. RIU v J M Whittaker – 17 August 2015 Harness Racing Caffeine positive – fined $1,000, plus costs $1,800. RIU v P M Williamson – 10 December 2012 Harness Racing Procaine positive – fined $3,500, plus costs $350 to JCA. The source of the positive was not identified. 16. Under Rule 1004(D) ‘Living Legend’ is required to be disqualified from the race. Respondent’s Submissions [11] Mr Negus presented the following written submissions: I am charged with, and have pleaded guilty to presenting the horse LIVING LEGEND with ketoprofen in its system. I have no idea how it got there. I have never had a hint of trouble with prohibited substances until now. My late father instilled in his children the belief you are buried with your reputation. I'm asking for a suspension. I recognize the need for someone to be held accountable. I submit my record entitles my request for real consideration. [12] Mr Negus addressed the Committee personally, expanding further on his request for a suspension in lieu of a monetary penalty. Mr Negus was concerned about the perception that he had given one of his horses a drug, and the effect this would have on his elderly mother who was suffering from ill health. He also provided two (2) written character references; one from a former stable hand and the other from Mr Negus’ veterinarian, Dr D A Senior. Both referees have known Mr Negus for a long period of time and both emphasised his honesty and integrity. [13] Mr Negus called both Mr Michael House and Mr Jim Curtin as character referees. Mr House gave a heartfelt account of all that Mr Negus had achieved throughout his career and said he was shocked when he heard one of his horses had returned a positive drug test. He said Mr Negus was a great trainer who had contributed enormously to the Harness Racing Industry over the years and it was an honour to know him. [14] Mr Curtin said he had known Mr Negus for many years and he was always honest and reliable. [15] The Committee asked Mr Irving for the RIU’s position on Mr Negus’ submission for a suspension instead of a fine. He said that suspensions were normally applied to breaches by drivers and were not appropriate for trainers. This was because a trainer could transfer their horses to another licensed person’s name but still effectively train the horses themselves. Reasons for Decision [16] Mr Negus admitted the charge of presenting his horse LIVING LEGEND to race at the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting on 26th January 2018 not free of prohibited substances, namely Ketoprofen. [17] The summary of facts was not disputed by the Respondent. [18] The JCA guidelines have a starting point of $8000 for a first offence of presenting a horse with a drug in its system. We considered Mr Negus’ request for a suspension but were of the opinion that we would be setting a precedent as all recent penalties have resulted in fines being imposed. The Committee did not find any compelling reasons to impose a suspension in lieu of a monetary penalty. [19] Mr Negus said he does not know how the horse LIVING LEGEND came to return a positive to Ketoprofen, nor did the RIU present any possible explanation. The drug “Kelaprofen” was properly prescribed by a registered veterinarian and was kept in a medicine cabinet in Mr Negus’ stables. The fact that the medicine cabinet was unlocked was not considered an aggravating factor in this case. [20] Mr Negus has an unblemished record after 35 years of training horses having never had any of his horses return a positive drug test. Character references have all emphasised the integrity of the Respondent. [21] The Committee has also been guided by recent penalties, in particular that of RIU v C & A Edmonds. This case however was in relation to two positive tests to Ketoprofen whereas Mr Negus has only one. The Judicial Committee in RIU v C&A Edmonds uplifted the JCA penalty guide starting point to $12,000 and applied a 25% discount for mitigating factors, arriving at a $9000 fine. [22] We have taken into account Mr Negus’ admission of the breach, his full cooperation throughout the investigation, the outstanding character references (both written and delivered in person during the hearing) and his excellent record over many years. For these mitigating factors we have allowed a significant discount. Penalty [23] Accordingly Mr Negus is fined the sum of $5,500. Disqualification of the Horse [24] Under Rule 1004(D) we order the disqualification of LIVING LEGEND from Race 1, the Bishopdale & Bush Inns Tabs & Tavern Harewood Mobile Pace. Amended placings are: 1st 10 WESTAR SAM 2nd 6 AVEROSS BRACHOLE 3rd 9 ROMANITE 4th 8 EJA PATRON 5th 11 GOING TO CALIFORNIA Costs [25] The RIU did not seek any award of costs and accordingly, no order is made. [26] The Hearing took place on a race day therefore no order of costs is made in favour of the Judicial Control Authority. N Moffatt (Chair)   Harnesslink Media

Try and not let a glaze come over your eyes but the harness racing All Stars team just keeps setting records. And they get more extraordinary even by the week. Last week the stable posted 10 wins from 10 races competed in. If that had ever happened before it was rare indeed. But five days later the score is 17 races and 17 successive wins. You can bet your  pyjamas that hasn't happened in any professional stable before. But that, as they say, is not all. Seven wins at Addington on Friday night is not a new  record in itself amazing as it might be. But it is if you consider it was a 10 race progamme. All Stars's previous 7 win records have been set on  12 race programmes. Never easy. But a little easier than a 10 race programme even if it not a Premier meeting as the others were  As is occasionally brought out driver Doug Watts drove seven winners on an eighr race programme at Reefton back in the day. Six of them were trained from one stable but the devil in the detail is that three horses won two races each. To train seven winners at Addington with seven different horses is an astonishing feat. The races were not just a+b=c either. Ohanzee had to work a bit harder than Turn It Up in the running and that made the difference (2.22.9 / 27.7) Anthem had to overcome a difficult draw and drag a puncture for the last round to run 2.22.3 / 28.4 but convincing in the end with game Duplicated third. Enchance Your Calm has, not surprisingly, something to learn about racing according to Mark but  getting some nice sectionals he outclassed his 2yo trot opponents while Elle Mac chalking up a second stable quinella with Bettor Trix, didn't run great time but ran a great race winning easily in the end after doing her fair share of work in 2.23.1 /27.8. Winterfell took advantage of stablemate Stress Factor's keenness to get on with the job trailing on the outer and just being too strong for Mark over the final stages in a very good 2.25.7 /29.3  before Funatthebeach really stood up in the open race left sitting parked and giving Alta Orlando the trail but fighting off the older former G1 winner with a game display in 2.23.5 but home in 26.6!. Then Tim joined the party with Tennyson Bromac also sitting parked and still too strong over a G1 placegetter in 2.22.1  /27.7  which was actually the fastest time of the night Courtesy of All Stars Stable website http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/ Turn It Up Anthem Enhance Your Calm Elle Mac Winterfell Funatthebeach Tennyson Bromac

Another busy weekend of harness racing coming up this week. Tonight is the second night at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club, while Addington have a meeting on Friday night. Grass track harness racing continues in the South this week with Banks Peninsular racing at Motukarara on Sunday.  Wyndham race on Saturday with the G3 Alabar Kindergarten Stakes and the Wyndham Cup the highlights. Cambridge also host a meeting on Sunday.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week could be Twitter Bromac tonight in Race 3 Jay Abernethy - Jay is opting for Black Chevron as his best drive this week tonight at Manawatu in Race 7   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Tijuana Taxi on Friday in Race 4 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Sundees Son as his best drive this week in Race 6 Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive this week would be Cullenburn at Addington in Race 10   Wyndham on Saturday Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Highline as his best chance this week in Race 2 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be The Doorman  in Race 5 Racechat - Lance thinks that Driftin Away is a good winning chance at Wyndham also in Race 10 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Shelby Bromac  in Race 8 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Cullens Avenue as his best drive this week also in Race 8 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz would be his best chance this week in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive this week could be  and says Fiery Ferret in Race 10 Nathan Williamson - Nathan is going for  Foo Fighter as his best chance this week in Race 11   Cambridge on Sunday John Curtin - John likes the chances of As Free As Air at Cambridge on Sunday in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony says his best chance this week is Ultimate Angel in Race 3 Maurice McKendry - Maurice thinks his best chance this week is Shanway at Cambridge in Race 4   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks Overarm would be his best drive this week at Motukarara in Race 3  Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best drive this week is Di Caprio at Motukarara in Race 5 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Lets Hustle as his best chance this week at Motukarara in Race 6  Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Sods Law can go close to winning at Motukarara in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Trackside Coverage - 5 March – 11 March (please note the following is subject to change) Wednesday Cambridge (TS2) 8.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) – on the show this week The Auckland Carnival is in full swing - we check out the winners from Friday and some potentials for this week. Plus we also recognise some significant Harness racing milestones.  Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury (TS1) Friday Westport (TS1) Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Invercargill (TS2) Sunday Reefton (TS1)   Cambridge – Wednesday 7 March An eight race card starting at 5.31pm. Entry to the course is free.   Forbury Park TC – Thursday 8 March An 11 race card featuring a $25,000 Pick Six. First race starts at 5.27pm. Entry is free and there are multiple dining options available at the Forbury Park Sports Bar and Bistro oncourse.   Westport TC – Friday 9 March Following the recent Cyclones Fehi and Gita the Westport Trotting Club are thrilled to announce that their racing surface for their meeting on Friday 9 March has bounced back in great order. Following Cyclone Fehi, which hit the West Coast hard in early February, the track was inundated with sea water from a large surge caused by the storm. “It wasn’t the rain so much that hurt us there,” said Club President Dan Moloney. “But the wind that caused the surge and brought sea water on to the racing surface and grounds.” The sea water caused damage to the grass, with a patchy surface appearing after the water subsided. But Moloney was quick to praise the Club’s members and the swift efforts involved to resurrect the track.  “We applied gypsum and ammonium sulfate and are amazed at how well the track has recovered. We are pleased that we are going to have a very good racing surface next week.” “Luckily following Gita we only had a tree fall at the racecourse. But no actual damage to the racing surface itself.” The Club is looking forward to welcoming racing connections back to Patterson Park, and there is one regular in particular that will take sentimental focus. “We understand that Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis will bring Sarah Palin here as part of her farewell tour,” said Moloney. “Sarah Palin her first two races here during March meetings in her career, and we are thrilled that she will be here for one last Westport appearance.” Sarah Palin is in foal and is currently on a ‘farewell tour’ as dubbed by her connections. She recently won her tenth career race, and has remarkably placed a further fifty times during her career. Entry to the course is free, and there will be a BBQ and live music after the last with two TAB windows remaining open for those who wish to wager on the Auckland meeting.    Friday 9th March Premier Night Derby Night For the lovers of the harness-racing action, The Top of the Park and the Tasman will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view. Derby Night at the Top of the Park and the Tasman Room | Packages Include: · Delicious gourmet buffet dinner · Premium Beverage Package OR Cash Bar · Private betting facilities within the room · Race book for each guest Prices from $60- $120.00 Book online at https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/ or e-mail dining@alexandrapark.nz   Northern Southland – Saturday 10 March It will be quite a day at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Saturday. The meeting features three Group 3 races, the Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Cup, the Prydes Easi-Feeds Southern Lights Handicap Trot and the Alabar NZ / Caduceus Club Of Southland 2yo Fillies Mobile Pace. In addition the programme also includes the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks and the Caduceus Club Of Southland Super Nugget Final. As well as some premier racing the day will also bring to a conclusion the Northern Southland Trotting Club’s season long competition. One more lucky winner will be found on Saturday from a draw of all losing tote tickets and they will join Brian Pitcher and Isla Palmer, winners at the club’s earlier meetings, in the final draw to win one of three great prizes. The major prize is a trip to the Easter Cup at Addington on Saturday 31 March courtesy of the Yaldhurst Hotel, second a trip for two to Stewart Island with airfares, accommodation and breakfast courtesy of Stewart Island Flights while the third placegetter will receive a two night stay at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau.  Owners are welcome to join the club in the Alabar NZ Owners Room on the day.   The first race is timed to start at 12.00 noon and admission is free.   Reefton Trotting Club – Sunday 11 March Entry is free to this meeting and will see the very last race meeting for Team Teal 2018 in New Zealand. Wear teal and go into the draw to win great prizes oncourse on the day!   Addington Raceway & Events Centre March Racemeetings There is great racing at Addington over the next few weeks with over $500,000 in Stakes up for grabs.  We would love to host you.  Please see below some fabulous dining options for you to consider. Friday 16 March – Mediaworks Race Night Four-Star Race Meeting Friday 23 March – 5-Star Race Meeting Easter Saturday 31 March – 4-Star Race Meeting   Trackside Dining Options Are you needing to entertain clients or organize staff functions? Add a unique Trackside Dining Experience. You can choose from our fabulous Gold, Silver or Bronze packages. Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. Spectators Open till Late! Our fabulous array of pizzas and delicious burger options will be available for all to enjoy. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). $15 A La Carte Dining – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). Stables BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. Next Rugby Match - CRUSADERS VS. BULLS – Friday 23 March – 7.35PM – Hot off the Press - Spectators is now offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as the popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join, visit www.spectators.co.nz   Heading to an event at Horncastle Arena or AMI Stadium? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong.  Next SAAC Course at Addington -The next Stabling Area Awareness Course for kids is 23 March at 5pm. For more information please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/stabling-area-awareness-course/   Hawera Easter Family Fun Meeting – 31 March, 2 April The Hawera Harness Racing Club invites you to be a part of their Easter Family Fun Meeting to be held on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April (Easter Monday). Club President Brendan Towers describes the meeting as a ‘trainer’s weekend away’ and explains that the club are there to make the meeting an enjoyable one for all who attend. “We will be holding dinner and entertainment for connections that are at the meeting on the Friday and Saturday nights, and are also here to assist with anything needed for horses and those connected with them,” said Towers. “We can help you find the right hotel or accommodation option, just get in touch and we will happily help.” The grass track meeting features the Hawera Cup and will be focused on family entertainment too, with free entry on both days and bouncy castles and plenty to keep the kids amused. For more information please get in contact with Brendan Towers 027 236 0016 or email haweraharnessracing@gmail.com   Methven Owners’ Day and Expo - Sunday 15 April The Methven Trotting Club will hold an Owners Day at their April race meeting to be held at Mt Harding Racecourse on Sunday 15 April. The club warmly invites industry merchants and also fellow club administrators to attend the event and be a part of their owner’s experience and expo at the meeting. This will provide an opportunity to promote products or clubs to owners present on the day. The club wishes to reward owners with a horse in at their meeting by hosting them in the Mt Hutt Lounge oncourse. They will also invite owners from the region to attend and offer special catering options on the day for them, and encourage non owners to come along and find out how they can become a part of the action. Those with ownership opportunities are welcome to contact the club in terms of potential options to promote ownership to potential new clients. For more information on how you can be a part of this special event please contact Nigel Armstrong on 027 328 2206 or email wstvue@xtra.co.nz   Friday April 20th Premier Night American Night Our phenomenally popular American Night is back for 2018! We’ll have the stars and stripes rolled back out from the Top of the Park to The Alex, and be serving up the very best of the US with another fantastic US-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet menu sure to satisfy – and of course we’ll be sure to get some top-class entertainment on board once again! Book your American Night table ASAP as this night is sure to sell out fast! American Night in the Tasman Room or Top of the Park  From $60pp | Buffet only From $125pp | Full beverage package including specialty US beer Vintage Cars, Pin up girls and amazing entertainment!!!   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc      

After sustaining payments were taken, a pleasing number of 28 top class 3YO pacers remain in contention for the Group One $200,000 Diamond Creek Farm NZ Derby held at Addington on Friday 6 April.  (Please see below). Nominations include a fine array of horses from Southland to Auckland, headed up by Chase Auckland, winner of the NRM Sires Stakes Final in November. All 28 horses current fixed odds prices will be available later this week on https://www.tab.co.nz/racing. Be sure to be on track on 6 April as there are a total of five Group Races being run throughout the evening and over $500,000 in stakes on offer.  For more details on the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Derby, please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/.  Alternatively, please call the Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.   Acuto Henry Hubert Aloka Jazzy Star Alta Maestro Johnny Mac Anthem Master Moonlite Aramis Nota Bene Denario Ardtoo On the Cards Born to Run Pat’s Delight Chase Auckland Sheriff Cullenburn Sicario Culpeka Star Commander Diamonds N Cash Tennyson Bromac Duke of Wellington The Bus Funatthebeach Times Stride Hail Christian Voodoo Prince   KERYN MCELROY  

Cheviot harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:10pm Race 1 Winterfell is in from $4.00 in to $2.50 and is best backed in Multis.  Race 2 Governers Bay is out from $1.50 to $1.65 but easily leads Multis.  Race 3 Rocknpop is in from $9 to $7.50. Mystical Star leads multibetting from Rocknpop Race 4 Bettor Trix is a decent mover in from $2.50 to $2.00 and she also easily leads multis. Race 5 Enghien has taken all the multi money and nothiing else is wanted in this race. Race 6 Ghostwriter is a mover in from $6.20 to $5.50 with Dracarys leading multibetting. Race 7 Quiet market but Tiger Thompson does lead multis from Dom Domingo Race 8 Bordueax is favorite in multis and is best backed on FF win  Race 9 Hundie is $4.00 in to $2.60 and is best backed in multis. Race 10 Funonthebeach is easily best backed in multis and FF Win betting and is the best backed runner on the day. Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

Grass track harness racing continues in both the North and South this week with Taranaki kicking things off with a twilight meeting on Thursday. Invercargill turn back the clock when they race on the grass track on Saturday for the first time since 1970, and Stratford also race on grass on Sunday. Alexandra Park hold the Pascoes Northern Oaks on Friday night with Addington also racing on Friday night.  Cheviot race at Addington on Sunday. Last week on the ringaround there were again winners and a large number of placings. Cran Dalgety had the best winning dividend last week on the ringaround when he thought My Field Marshal would go close in the Miracle Mile and he duly obliged at $6.70 and $2.10 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Taranaki on Thursday Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Sol Invictus as his best drive this week at Taranaki in Race 1 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week is George at Taranaki also in Race 1   Alexandra Park on Friday night John Curtin - John can not see how they can beat Chase Auckland at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Cran Dalgety - Cran also likes the chances of Chase Auckland at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Jacks Legend can win at Alexandra Park in Race 8 Ricky May - Ricky thinks his best drive would be Kendra at Auckland in Race 9  Tony Herlihy - Tony thought Happy Place would be a place chance again in Race 11   Addington on Friday night Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for London Delight as his best drive this week in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair thought Maahes would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Franco Noah can go close to winning at Addington in Race 4   Menangle on Friday night Mark Jones - Mark is going for Delightful Memphis as his best chance this week in Race 4 at Menangle   Invercargill on Saturday Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be Our Foxy Lady on Saturday in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Driftin Away on Saturday in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks that Overcast is a good chance at Invercargill in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Duke Of Wellington as his best chance this week also in Race 8 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks that Fiery Ferret would be his best chance this week in Race 11 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees and says Fiery Ferret would be his best chance this week in Race 11   Cheviot on Sunday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive would be Girls Let Loose this week in Race 1 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for Rocknpop as her best drive this week in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best would be Trendy Bromac at Cheviot in Race 4 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks that Titanium would be his best chance this week in Race 9     Harnesslink Media      

Taranaki Racing - Thursday 1 March An eight race twilight meeting starting at 3.34pm. The meeting will also feature the Taranaki Cup. Please note - Free Admission.   Owners Ribbon and Free Race books available at the Office. After the race, owners of all starters are welcome in the Egmont Room for a Complimentary drink and to view the race replay.   Addington Raceway & Events Centre Diamond Creek Farm NZ Pacing Derby Sustaining Fee – Due Wednesday 28 February 3pm Reminder that the sustaining fee of $345 is due in a couple of hours, if you haven’t already paid. RACING FRIDAY 2 MARCH - FREE ENTRY Spectators Open till Late! Delicious pizza and burger options will be available as well as our famous Evolution Friday menu. Every week the kitchen will create half a dozen special dishes which will only be available that Friday. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). $15 A La Carte Dining – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). Stables BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. Crusaders vs Stormers – Saturday 3 March 7.35pm - Pop in to Spectators before the game for our $10 Burger and Beer Game Day Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your burger and beer with friends then head over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join, visit www.spectators.co.nz   Heading to an event at Horncastle Arena or AMI Stadium? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong.  Trackside Dining Options Are you needing to entertain clients or organize staff functions? Add a unique Trackside Dining Experience. You can choose from our fabulous Gold, Silver or Bronze packages. Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. Upcoming Race Meetings at NZMTC Click here to see the race programmes for our upcoming meetings, https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/031632pg.htm  March 16 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/032332pg.htm  March  23 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/033132pg.htm  March 31 (Easter Saturday) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/040632pg.htm  April 6 (5 Star Meeting) Have a great week and we look forward to hosting you at Addington Raceway & Events Centre. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz   Alexandra Park - Friday 2 March, Oaks Night A glamorous evening the Park. Come one come all to enter MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks – an night of fabulous fashion, Harness Racing action, stunning prizes to be won and VIP judges, including New Zealand’s very own style icon Colin Mathura Jeffree. Best Dressed at the Oaks 2018 categories: Best dressed woman, best dressed man, best headwear, best dressed at the Oaks (overall winner). Competition entry is free, and with fantastic prizes up for grabs you should definitely come along and put your best foot forward. However please note you must be over 18 to enter! For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandrapark.co.nz  or email dining@alexandrapark.nz Also we have the Pascoes Win a Ring Competition. Entry will be in the race book on the night. 10 people will be randomly drawn and then allocated a horse in race with the chance to win a Pascoes Ring!   Invercargill Grass Harness Racing – Saturday 3 March The last time a harness race meeting was held on the grass track at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill was January 1970. Since that time the code has used an all-weather facility that has served the Invercargill Harness Racing Club and other clubs such as the Northern Southland and Riverton Trotting Club’s so well in all conditions. However the Invercargill Harness Racing Club will turn back the clock when they race on the grass track on their Invercargill Licensing Trust/ILT Foundation Race Day on Saturday 3 March. While the all-weather facility is a great asset the March date will give patrons an opportunity to watch the racing close up as harness horses thunder around the grass track once again on the course only used these days for gallops. The day will feature the ILT Foundation Autumn Cup, a heat of the bMAC Sheetmetal Southern Country Cup Series and a Nugget Final with all races, both stands and mobiles, over 2050 metres. President of the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, Mark Shirley, says that the question of racing on grass generally gets raised by someone each year at the club’s AGM. “Grass track meetings are popular with horsemen and crowds. We did look at an option of racing at Cromwell but then thanks to good co-operation from the Southland Racing Club they have been keen to give us a crack after their Christmas At The Races event was over.” Shirley says, “a grass track meeting will give patrons an opportunity to view the action close up. There should be good fields and the starts, whether they are stands or mobiles, will be right in front of the grandstand so the on course public is in for a treat.”   Cheviot at Addington – Sunday 4 March Sunday 4th March see’s the Cheviot Club venture to the city for their annual raceday at Addington. The two feature races being the 51st running of the time honoured Group 3 “Sweet Lou” Leonard Memorial Stakes for 2yr old fillies and The Cheviot Business’s Cheviot Cup. Being one of the few Sunday meetings at Addington presents race goers with the opportunity for “Brunch “ at Spectators followed by a great days racing. A bouncy castle and Mr Whippy are on offer for the kids. The club prides itself on supporting all parts of the industry with good stakes, Kids Karts, Junior Drivers race, Breeders Bonus and we invite all owners to the winning owners bar for a pre-race drink. A great way for Town and Country to spend a Sunday afternoon at the “Home of Harness Racing”.   Stratford Trotting Club - Sunday 4th March - Te Kapua Park Racecourse The Stratford Trotting Club is looking forward to hosting our annual meeting on the Sunday 4th March, and encourage you to come along! The Stratford Farmlands Family Fun Day will sure to delight with the Kidz Kartz as a highlight, along with the main race, Quintin Oakes Builders Stratford Cup. With large spacious grounds bordered by bush and lakes and an extensive lawn area, this classic race day environment is ideal for picnickers. Relax in the grandstand, or in front of the public stand which overlooks the winning post. Admission if fee.  Owners wishing to stay over have ample stalls and paddocks available at the course, and can find accommodation themselves at the New Commercial Hotel Stratford ask for Ian or Judy on (06) 765 6364. A complimentary barbecue is held at the course the evening before the races 3rd March 5.30pm onwards with all owners and their guests, and members of the club are welcome to attend.   Westport Trotting Club Track Update Following the recent Cyclones Fehi and Gita the Westport Trotting Club are thrilled to announce that their racing surface for their meeting on Friday 9 March has bounced back in great order. Following Cyclone Fehi, which hit the West Coast hard in early February, the track was inundated with sea water from a large surge caused by the storm. “It wasn’t the rain so much that hurt us there,” said Club President Dan Moloney. “But the wind that caused the surge and brought sea water on to the racing surface and grounds.” The sea water caused damage to the grass, with a patchy surface appearing after the water subsided. But Moloney was quick to praise the Club’s members and the swift efforts involved to resurrect the track.  “We applied gypsum and ammonium sulfate and are amazed at how well the track has recovered. We are pleased that we are going to have a very good racing surface next week.” “Luckily following Gita we only had a tree fall at the racecourse. But no actual damage to the racing surface itself.” The Club is looking forward to welcoming racing connections back to Patterson Park, and there is one regular in particular that will take sentimental focus. “We understand that Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis will bring Sarah Palin here as part of her farewell tour,” said Moloney. “Sarah Palin her first two races here during March meetings in her career, and we are thrilled that she will be here for one last Westport appearance.” Sarah Palin is in foal and is currently on a ‘farewell tour’ as dubbed by her connections. She recently won her tenth career race, and has remarkably placed a further fifty times during her career.   Alexandra Park – Friday 9 March, Derby Night For the lovers of harness racing action, the Top of the Park and the Tasman will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view. Derby night at the Top of the Park and Tasman Room Packages include: Delicious gourmet buffet dinner Premium beverage package or cash bar Private betting facilities within the room Race book for each guest Prices from $60 - $120. For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra park.co.nz or email dining@alexandrapark.nz   Alexandra Park – Friday 20 March, Premier night Our phenomenally popular American Night is back for 2018! We’ll have the stars and stripes rolled back out from the Top of the Park to The Alex, and be serving up the very best of the US with another fantastic US-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet menu sure to satisfy – and of course we’ll be sure to get some top-class entertainment on board once again! Book your American Night table ASAP as this night is sure to sell out fast! American Night in the Tasman Room or Top of the Park  From $60pp | Buffet only From $125pp | Full beverage package including specialty US beer Vintage Cars, Pin up girls and amazing entertainment!!!   Hawera Easter Family Fun Meeting – 31 March, 2 April The Hawera Harness Racing Club invites you to be a part of their Easter Family Fun Meeting to be held on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April (Easter Monday). Club President Brendan Towers describes the meeting as a ‘trainer’s weekend away’ and explains that the club are there to make the meeting an enjoyable one for all who attend. “We will be holding dinner and entertainment for connections that are at the meeting on the Friday and Saturday nights, and are also here to assist with anything needed for horses and those connected with them,” said Towers. “We can help you find the right hotel or accommodation option, just get in touch and we will happily help.” The grass track meeting features the Hawera Cup and will be focused on family entertainment too, with free entry on both days and bouncy castles and plenty to keep the kids amused. For more information please get in contact with Brendan Towers 027 236 0016 or email haweraharnessracing@gmail.com   Methven Owners’ Day and Expo - Sunday 15 April The Methven Trotting Club will hold an Owners Day at their April race meeting to be held at Mt Harding Racecourse on Sunday 15 April. The club warmly invites industry merchants and also fellow club administrators to attend the event and be a part of their owner’s experience and expo at the meeting. This will provide an opportunity to promote products or clubs to owners present on the day. The club wishes to reward owners with a horse in at their meeting by hosting them in the Mt Hutt Lounge oncourse. They will also invite owners from the region to attend and offer special catering options on the day for them, and encourage non owners to come along and find out how they can become a part of the action. Those with ownership opportunities are welcome to contact the club in terms of potential options to promote ownership to potential new clients. For more information on how you can be a part of this special event please contact Nigel Armstrong on 027 328 2206 or email wstvue@xtra.co.nz

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:30pm Race 1 - Ghostwriter $20.00 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' early.   Race 2 - Mr Majestic $17.00 - $7.50 has taken all the early win money in this race.   Race 3 - Court On The Edge $1.95 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Funatthebeach $2.10 leads win & multi betting over Star Commander $2.40.   Race 5 - Arnold has been heavily backed into $1.35 from $1.70.   Race 6 - Burning Rubber $2.80 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Carlton at $1.24 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 8 - Son Of A Tiger $2.00 leads multi betting with Jungle Gem $9.50 - $9.00 leading win betting.   Race 9 - Jazzy Star $4.50 just leads the $2.70 favourite Alta Shelby in multi betting.   Race 10 - The opening 2nd favourite Borntobeastar $4.50 leads win & multi betting.   Race 11 - Cindy Bromac $1.80 is racing away in multi betting.   Best backed on the place 'book' early Mr Majestic in race 2 & Immortal Change in race 3.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Grass track racing continues in the South this week with Waikouaiti hosting a 2 day meeting on Saturday and Monday. Cambridge and Alexandra Park host meetings on Thursday and Friday night and Ashburton race on Sunday. The Miracle Mile night at Menangle also adds some interest with selections coming for that meeting as well. Last week on the ringaround there were again several winners and a number of placings. Tony Herlihy had the best winning dividend last week on the ringaround when his best chance Queen Lostris upset them in the second race at Auckland on Friday and paid $7.50 and $1.80 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Afortunado as his best drive this week at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Just Anything as his best drive this week in Race 7   Auckland on Friday Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week is One Bid Buys at Alexandra Park in Race 6   Addington on Friday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Sunset Peak at Addington in Race 5 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen agrees and thinks that Sunset Peak at Addington in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair thought Arnold would be his best drive this week at Addington also in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Carlton as his best drive at Addington in Race 7   Waikouaiti on Saturday Racechat - Lance thinks that Eastwood Chieftain is a good winning chance at Waikouaiti in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Jacks N Jazz on Saturday in Race 6 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks that Archman would be his best chance this week in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees and says Archman would be his best drive this week in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive would be Leo's Gift at Waikouaiti in Race 8 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be Alderbeck at Waikouaiti in Race 11 Nathan Wiliamson - Nathan is going for Jen Jaccka as his best drive this week also in Race 11 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Smokey Mac as his best chance this week also in Race 11   Menangle on Saturday night Cran Dalgety - Cran likes the chances of My Field Marshall in the Miracle mile on Saturday night. Mark Jones - Mark is going for Rocker Band as his best chance this week in the Ladyship mile at Menangle   Ashburton on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks that Governor's Bay would be a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 4 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Stress Factor can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 8 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Scarlett Banner as his best chance this week in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:20pm Race 1 - Diamond Life $6.50 leads win betting over Gypsy's Choice $6.00. Gypsy's Choice just leads multi betting over Bringitonhome $3.60.    Race 2 - Musculus $4.20 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Back In Black $18.00 has been well backed and is easily the worst liability on the race in early trading. Friend $3.10 leads multi betting over Acuto $2.90 & Bardot $4.00.   Race 4 - The only runners backed early are Hail Christian $6.00 & The Dorchester $2.60 who does lead multi betting over the former runner.    Race 5 - Harriet Of Mot $1.75 is racing away in multi betting with Ronald J $5.00 just leading win betting over the favourite.   Race 6 - A G's White Socks $2.30 - $2.00 is best backed in win & multi betting over Tiger Thompson $4.20.   Race 7 - Utmost Delight $5.20 - $4.50 leads win betting over Seaswift Joy $11.00 & the favourite Bonnie Joan $2.30. Bonnie Joan $2.30 easily leads multi betting.   Race 8 - McLovin $23.00 - $16.00 leads win betting over Bonnie Highlander $16.00 - $14.00 & BD Khaosan $9.50.   Race 9 - Elle Mac $3.00 easily leads win betting and just leads multi betting over Dizzy Miss Lizzy $2.40.    Race 10 - Diamonds N Cash $4.20 is the only runner wanted in win betting and leads multi betting over Mighty Santana $5.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)      

John Dunn knows American Tart may need every favour she can muster to claim group one glory at Addington tonight but believes she has already got the biggest one. The speedster mare is drawn wide on the front line in the $100,000 Breeders Stakes and while that doesn't sound ideal, driver Dunn sees it as a major tactical advantage over his three main rivals. Because American Tart has high gate speed and Dunn thinks that gives him a chance to at least get in front of Bonnie Joan, Better B Amazed and Utmost Delight, all of whom are drawn the second line. "She gets her chance now because even though she is wide I reckon I can stay in front of those other good mares," said Dunn. "And the way she went last start then she can probably win. But she is going to need nothing to go wrong because Bonnie Joan was super last start too." The latter clearly outpointed American Tart two weeks after sitting parked, with Utmost Delight a booming late third in the same race. So if American Tart is made to burn early by those inside her to get to the markers tonight, then Bonnie Joan would be favoured to beat her again. Better B Amazed worked too hard last start so might enjoy her second line draw tonight and ran third in this race last year to two Jewels winners in The Orange Agent and Piccadilly Princess so is good enough to win if the other favourites work too hard. Dunn warns punters to expect improvement from Yagunnakissmeornot, the trotting mare he unofficially co-trains with his father Robert, in the opening race at Alexandra Park tonight. "She badly needed her run last week but still made good ground in a fast last 800m," says Dunn. Back to her favourite 1700m distance and off the front line in a race where her fellow open class opponents are not at their peak, the sit-sprint specialist appeals tonight. Meanwhile, the Kiwis almost all have great draws at Menangle tomorrow night as some of our biggest pacing names try to qualify for Sydney harness racing's richest night. Lazarus (drawn the ace) and Heaven Rocks (unruly) contest preludes of the Miracle Mile, where if they both race up to anything like their best they should confirm their invites to next week's A$750,000 Miracle Mile. Their stablemates All U Need Is Faith, drawn the ace in a weakish heat of the NSW Derby and The Devils Own, also drawn the ace in a stronger heat should cruise through to next week's Derby. But Our Bare Knuckle, who was below peak fitness when beaten last week, has a wide draw and will probably be driven to qualify for the final in her Oaks heat. The barrier draw for the Miracle Mile will be held around 3pm NZ time on Sunday. Michael Guerin

Addington fixed odds movers as at 1:25pm   Race 1 - Carlton $1.80 - $1.70 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting. Race 2 - Governor's Bay $5.00 - $3.80 is attracting all the early win support. Race 3 - Master Moonlite $1.45 leads multi betting with Franco Texas $15.00 best backed on the win 'book'. Race 4 - Cindy Bromac $3.50 leads multi betting over Takitimu Express $4.50. Race 5 - The short priced last start winner Harriet Of Mot $1.55 easily leads multi betting. Race 6 - Major Trojan $4.50 - $3.80 easily leads win & multi betting over Jimmy Cannon $30.00 - $18.00, Race 7 - Better B Amazed $4.50 - $3.60 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Bonnie Joan $2.60 who leads multi betting over Somejoy $8.20.  Race 8 - The only two runners wanted in multi betting are One Over Da Stars $1.65 & Lightworkofit $5.50 - $4.40. Race 9 - The Kaik $8.00 leads win betting over Gypsy's Choice $5.80 with Unico Enchantress $7.00 leading multi betting. Race 10 - Ocean Ridge $2.50 - $2.30 easily leads win & multi betting. The best backed runner on the race meeting place markets has been in race 4 Kotare Elite $6.50 - $4.00 Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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